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Business Beat

November 23, 2013

Local farm seeks funding for food hub

Handsome Brook Farm in Franklin recently broke ground on a new facility designed to host a regional food hub, where the farm will be able to purchase produce and products from local farmers and producers and sell them to grocery chains, restaurant and other wholesale buyers.

“This solution leverages Handsome Brook Farm’s existing vendor relationships and provides the grocery chains with a way to partner with small farms efficiently and effectively,” Betsy Babcock of Handsome Brook Farm explained in a media release.

The farm is seeking crowdsourced funding to support the project. Babcock described the effort as “an old fashioned barn raising — with a Rocket Hub twist!” According to the release, the Babcocks have committed $100,000 to the project and are seeking matching funds to build and equip an energy-efficient barn to receive, pack, store and distribute products, and to build a small commercial kitchen for use by local producers. 

“This project will make a big difference in small farm families throughout New York by enabling them to produce and sell their crops and products,” Babcock said. 

Supporters can visit www.rockethub.com/projects/34168-catskill-food-hub-barn-raising to learn more about the project and pledge money to support it. The fundraising drive ends Dec. 17. 

SHOP MOVES INTO ART CENTER

Local art and gift shop Artists Off Main has moved to Smithy Center for the Arts at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown, and will kick off a Holiday Market in SCA’s first floor blacksmith shop on Nov. 29, featuring locally created art, gifts, and unique vintage finds.

Artists Off Main features the art of Tracy Helgeson, Susan Jones Kenyon, May Britt Joyce, and Kathy Minnig, knitwear by Mary Dohner, jewelry by Karen Katz, mosaics by Wendy Reich, pottery by Karla Andela and Barbara Murray Sullivan, carved wooden fish by Patrick Franck, vintage images and greeting cards by Linda Metzger, and hand-poured soy candles in vintage glassware by Joy Rhodes.

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